Turmeric is not just any ordinary spice. It's the most versatile spice with a plethora of health benefits that are second to none. From treating common cold, boosting immunity to treating chronic inflammation diseases like arthritis and even cancer. Turmeric does it all!
Revered in Ayurveda as a miracle herb, this age-old ingredient when paired with other ingredients like milk thistle, ghee, coconut oil and even cumin can enhance the efficacy of health benefits.
Let us look at some of the powerful combinations of Turmeric:
Turmeric and Honey - For dry cough, boosting immunity and more
The benefits of turmeric and honey are plenty. Both of them are antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. For decades, honey has been used in traditional medicine as a cough suppressant and as a natural remedy for soothing dry cough. Due to their similar qualities, using Turmeric and Honey together will work wonders for digestive health, allergies, skin problems, cold and flu, wound healing and even boosting immunity.
Turmeric and Apple Cider Vinegar - For weight-loss and heart health
While turmeric offers a wide gamut of benefits, using apple cider vinegar with it can enhance the effect on the health. For instance, adding apple cider vinegar to your food can aid in weight-loss as it promotes satiety that will prevent from overeating. It is also heart healthy and can help manage both cholesterol and blood pressure. Just like turmeric, apple cider vinegar works on skin too, by restoring the proper pH levels of your skin and preventing damage.
Apple cider vinegar is a prebiotic that means it encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, whereas turmeric improves intestinal barrier.
Turmeric and Cinnamon - To fight infections
Turmeric has antiseptic properties and antioxidants that help detoxify the body. Cinnamon on the other hand is anti-diabetic, protects the body against cell damage and helps fight infections. It is also an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases and heart disease as well. Cinnamon helps reduce cough and cold and is also beneficial in maintaining body weight as well.
Tip: A healthy detox turmeric and cinnamon tea can boost your overall health.
Turmeric, Ghee and Black Pepper
Chronic inflammation in the body could lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease, joint pain, neck pain and knee pain to name a few. A concoction of turmeric, ghee and black pepper can reduce inflammation and incidence of these diseases.
Tip: The piperine in black pepper helps in better absorption of curcumin. So add black pepper to any turmeric combination for better absorption.
Turmeric and Coconut Oil For nourished and spotless smooth skin
We all are aware that curcumin in Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that can prevent and treat pigmentation of the skin. Coconut Oil on the other hand is rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants. When we pair both Turmeric and Coconut Oil together, it works wonders on the skin by helping it to repair, replenish and smoothen up.
Coconut oil paired with the health benefits of turmeric makes a great option for cooking too especially for those who avoid using ghee or dairy products.
Using coconut oil and turmeric together
Mix some coconut oil with turmeric powder and apply this paste on your cracked heels or dry skin and then wash off after 15 minutes.
Turmeric is one of the most sought-after herbs for dark spots on the skin.
Turmeric and ghee/clarified butter - For keeping cold away and more!
Wondering why Turmeric and Ghee? Turmeric is fat soluble which means having it with the goodness of ghee or clarified butter can aid in its absorption into the bloodstream.
And this is the reason, the age old Indian recipe of Turmeric Milk with ghee can be a great addition to your diet.
For sore throat, add 1/2 teaspoon of ghee to the hot turmeric milk before drinking it. The ghee will melt and coat your throat, relieving you of cough as well.
Furthermore, ghee or the clarified butter helps boost digestive power and regularise bowel movement. It also acts as a carrier of fat that helps in absorption of Vitamin A, D, E and K. Together, turmeric and ghee give a boost to immunity and reduces chances of falling sick. It is also great for normalising blood sugar levels.
Turmeric and Milk Thistle- Excellent for Liver function
Milk thistle has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties just like turmeric and it is commonly used to detoxify the body, especially the liver.
When milk thistle is paired with Turmeric, it can have a healthy digestive effect as it promotes the formation of enzymes, increases bile production, reduces inflammation and soothes mucous membranes in the body.
As it benefits the liver function in the body, it may also reduce the risk for Diabetes and Blood Pressure.
Do try these wonderful combinations of turmeric to reap the maximum health benefits in your life!